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Perio practice as we age

I am 53 with 32 years as a clinical hygienist. I am currently looking for a new job in order to escape a dysfunctional atmosphere. I have a possibility of working in a periodontal office that I currently fill in at. I like the practice and staff and I currently have no health issues. My concern is the toll of working full time perio as I plan to finish my career there…another 10-12 years. I know laser surgery has reduced the amount of SRP I would do, just wanted to know if anyone my age and older has worked long term in perio and any repercussions? Thanks!

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First and foremost, I applaud you for looking to move on from a dysfunctional atmosphere! Though I have not personally worked long-term in a perio practice, I know of those who have. It really comes down to your physical health as an individual whether you will be able to finish your career there. Because each hygienist is so different, it’s really hard to say! Some hygienists have no problems (i.e. musculoskeletal injury) and others, regardless of age, do. You need to listen to your body and take preventive measures to remain physically healthy. Whether that be yoga, chiropractic visits, massage therapy, etc.

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